Futurama: Bender's Game
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I really enjoyed the movie, probably more than the other two movies. The one thing I didn't like so much about the DVD were the features. I didn't find them all that exciting. I enjoyed seeing how to draw the characters, and the genetics lab was somewhat interesting (but limiting). Everything else wasn't bad, but just seemed a bit short.Read more ›
The premise is quite true to life; the Planet Express crew must deal with the increase in dark matter fuel prices. This somehow segues into a Lord of the Rings plot which I won't spoil, but it actually works out quite well. We have an interesting tie-in between Mom and Professor Farnsworth.
All the old favorite characters are here too, including Morbo the Annihilator, Nibbler, Sal, Scruffy the Janitor, and George Takei. I didn't see Zapp Brannigan or Kif, but they weren't missed, and would've detracted from the story, or rather, the semblance of a story.
In conclusion, I think it's the unmistakable stench of dwarf urine that makes this Futurama movie a winner!
Bender's Game starts promising, with jokes about the rising cost of fuel prices. There's also a sly joke about Leela's anger issues, which are controlled by a shock collar. A shock collar Leela starts to find ... titillating. Just when things get interesting and this plot point could turn into something awkward and funny, it's dropped.
Bender discovers that he has no imagination and, aggravated that he can't participate in a game of Dungeons & Dragons, flips out Mazes & Monsters-style, renaming himself Titanius and wandering the sewers. He then gets sent to the HAL institute, Arkham Asylum for robots. This plot point is pursued to a point and then dropped.
Meanwhile, Mom (that's her name) has been controlling dark matter prices for years, but there is a means of invalidating her stranglehold on fuel prices. Professor Farnsworth accidentally invented "anti-backwards matter" which, should it ever encounter dark matter, would render dark matter useless. It just so happens that this anti-backwards matter is a 12-sided die. Hilarious, right?
As our lovable misfits build towards a confrontation with Mom and her Killbot goons, reality shifts and suddenly everyone's in a parallel fantasy dimension. And then we get, in descending order of comedic value: D&D jokes, Greek myth jokes, Lord of the Rings jokes, Star Wars jokes, Call of Cthulhu jokes, and did I mention the Lord of the Rings jokes?Read more ›
The basic problem is the subject matter. "Role-playing geeks are lame" seems to be the rallying cry, and do we really need anyone to tell us that? I don't see the point in satirizing something that's already been so thoroughly mocked. You might as well make a comedy about fat people or mothers-in-law. And yes, I realize that both those things HAVE been done, and recently, but that doesn't make it okay.
D&D-related material aside, the jokes are few and far between. I laughed a couple of times (hence the second star), but I spent an awful lot of time wincing too. At one point, Fry (transformed into a dragon) confronts Mom (also a dragon) with the challenge "You're no match for me" (or words to that effect). Mom then breathes fire at him which singes his wings off. What does he say next? "Whoa. Maybe you are a match for me." I'm sorry, but even the Cosby kids couldn't get away with a line that lame.
Finally, there's the plot, or lack thereof. One of the things I most liked in Bender's Big Score (my favorite of the movies so far) was the way the writers kept careful track of all the time-travel paradoxes and used them to create a story that made perfect sense (sort of). They took no such care in Bender's Game: their explanation for the gang's journey through a medieval fantasy land was feeble even by Futurama standards.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The disc is fine, plays well but the packaging is terrible. Cheap cardboard sleeve that quickly ruins the surface of the disc. Scratches appear quickly after only a few viewings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
Very funny and jam packed with features, my only complaint is the damn carbon neutral cases that all futurama stuff comes in now. It is cardboard and it can scratch the disks.Published 6 months ago by Skylar Munkers
Nothing to say. You like futurama a lot or not. I'm waiting for the first two movies in blu Ray format.
This blu Ray version comes with some extras... Nothing fancy. Read more
I did not like this movie and the dvd case came all messed up I would not have bought it if I knew I was buying something that looks like a kid had it then played with it THEN sent... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tazzer
The guys finally delve into the world of Dungeons and Dragons. It's about time. Great show, very immaginative as usual.Published 11 months ago by Jim Fenn
If you love Futurama, you'll love Bender's Game. If you love D&D you'll find it either highly amusing or insulting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pink
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Do the Bender. This one's called the Bender.
May 25, 2009 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
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Thanks....also picked up "Into the Wild Green Yonder" as well for $9.99....Amazon really dropped the ball on these two Futurama blurays!
Aug 28, 2010 by J. S. White | See all 2 posts
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